Thanks for the A2A.Here is an excerpt from one of my other answers on “gun control”:“Notwithstanding what you hear on the media, or from gun control groups, here is the REALITY of buying a gun:If I want to buy a gun, I go to my local gun store. I talk to the (knowledgeable, helpful and VERY aware of the law) clerk, discuss my desires and options, maybe hold a few guns (can’t fire them in my county), and make my selection. I pay a deposit. I fill out paperwork. They make a copy of my ID. I walk out, empty-handed. Anywhere from 10 to 20 days later (yes, I KNOW what the law says, I am telling you what actually happens), I get a call telling me the paperwork and background check are completed. I go down to the store, pay the balance of the purchase price, and . . . go home empty-handed, again. THEN I wait the mandatory 10 day “cooling off” period (how much “cooler” can I get??? I’ve ALREADY waited several weeks!), and go back and pick up my gun. If it doesn’t come with a trigger and/or action lock, they make me buy one. I have to certify that I have a gun safe to store it in. Easy, peasy, right??? Easier than buying a book, according to our President.Now, I had a desire to buy a particular rifle - an older rifle, no longer manufactured. I went on the Internet and found a guy who had one, and wanted to sell. President Obama says I can buy a gun over the Internet with no problem, and no paperwork, right? I had to (1) make the deal with the seller, over the Internet, then (2) I had to find a local FFL ( licensed federal firearms dealer) near me, who was willing to handle the transaction (many aren’t), and (3) the SELLER had to go find a local FFL near HIM (you can’t ship guns interstate except between FFLs), and (4) I had to pay fees to both FFLs (not beefing them - they deserved to be compensated for all the paperwork they had to do), and (5) the gun was shipped from the seller’s FFL to my FFL, and THEN, (6) I had to go through all of the stuff described above. Paperwork. 10 day waiting period. The whole parade.And the gun control folks want to make this MORE difficult????”Now, I live in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia, so my experience is probably worse than it would be in most states, but the foregoing is an accurate description of what happened the last two times I purchased guns.The GOOD news, to the extent there is any? Your state (unless you live in NY, MA, NJ) is likely to be somewhat less burdensome. The folks at your local gun store will be knowledgeable about the process, and will guide you through it. Many states (the four I mentioned, plus Hawaii, that I know of, have some version of an “assault weapons” ban. CA and NY have limitations on the size of magazines (10 in CA, 7 in NY). CA is proposing to ban ALL semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifles (including, for example, my son’s Ruger 10/22, .22 rifle, which he uses for varmint control and target practice. A .22. But, gun grabbers aren’t rational, so what are you going to do?The folks at your local gun store will also be familiar with state restrictions, they will not have guns in inventory or available for sale that are banned in your state.In addition, many states have requirements on storage of guns, so you may ALSO have to purchase a gun safe and/or trigger or action lock (both of which must be “state approved” in CA). Plan on spending at least several hundred dollars on the safe, maybe more.Your question suggests that you are not a gun owner, so I am assuming that you have little or no training in firearms handling and firearms safety. If that is correct, PLEASE find a good firearms and firearms safety class, BEFORE you buy your gun. The NRA holds such classes regularly, in most areas (it is the primary function of the NRA), and the classes are, in my experience, excellent. ANYONE who will have access to your gun should have such training.Good luck!